"Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed; but judgement untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition."
(sister of Anne and
"Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius."
"There are four varieties in society; the lovers, the ambitious, observers, and fools. The fools are the happiest."
("Les Origines de la France Contemporaine")
"And surely all God's people, however serious and savage, great or small, like to play. Whales and elephants, dancing, humming gnats, and invisibly small mischievous microbes, all are warm with divine radium and must have lots of fun in them."
("A Thousand-mile Walk to the Gulf")
"If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also, you will have betrayed your community in failing to make your contribution."
("Love and Will")
"The officers of the branch of the Force (the Obscene Publications Squad) have a discouraging club tie, on which a book is depicted being cut in half by a larger pair of scissors."
Sir John Mortimer
English barrister, writer
("Rumpole of the Bailey")
"When we grow old, there can only be one regretnot to have given enough of ourselves."
"I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night."
("A Romance of Two Worlds")
"Olivier's idea of introspection was to hood his eyes, dentalize his consonants and let the camera circle his blondined head like a sparrow looking for a place to deposit its droppings."
US educator, critic
("The Theatre of Revolt: An Approach to Modern Drama")
"For beauty being the best of all we know
Sums up the unsearchable and secret aims
("Eros and Psyche")
"Onstage I've been hit by a grapefruit, beer cans, eggs, spit, money, cigarette butts, Mandies, Quaaludes, joints, bras, panties, and a fist."
"One swallow does not make a summer,
but one skein of geese,
cleaving the murk of March thaw,
is the Spring."
("A Sand County Almanac")
"The drivers have one foot on the brake, one on the clutch, and one on the throttle."
US sports commentator
, on Formula One racers
"I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand."
Sir Edward Appleton
"I've always argued that it is just as desirable, just as possible, to have philosopher plumbers as philosopher kings." *
Edith Starrett Green
US Rep (OR)
"Once you've had chemotherapy, there's no such thing as a bad-hair day."
US editor (Harper's Bazaar)
"Like books and black lives, albums still matter."